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Article from BTNews 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Ryanair faces down UK action

A “business as usual” message went out from Ryanair at the weekend in face of a strike by some of its UK pilots which began this morning (Monday) and is due to continue tomorrow and Wednesday.

The airline said all flights to and from UK airports will operate as scheduled “thanks to the efforts of over 95% of our UK pilots who have confirmed that they will work their rosters, and will not support this failed third BALPA strike action”.

Ryanair said earlier last week it had invited BALPA to meet to resume negotiations but the pilots union had refused.

There is worse news for the airline from Spain, where it faces strikes by cabin crews throughout this month. The action started yesterday (Sunday) and is due to continue today and then on 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 and 27 September.

As a result, the airline has cancelled 14 flights to and from Spain this week but said all affected passengers had been notified and made aware of their rights to rebook or be refunded.

The airline said “the closure of loss-making winter bases in the Canary Islands will not be reversed by these pointless strikes”.

(See also BA strike still in the balance in this issue).

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